A group of old university friends travel to Unst to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears. The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It appears to be a suicide note. And then Eleanor's body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen a ghost. Her interest in a ghost had seemed unhealthy to her friends. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's death than they first thought.
©2014 Ann Cleeves (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
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Thought I'd give this a go after listening to some other Ann Cleeves books which were very good.
Compared to my usual twisted complicated plots this made a pleasant change and I did enjoy it. Narrator was easy to listen to, story was ok, did start to understand the characters - but not sure if it would have helped if I'd have listened to others first but still enjoyed the listen.
Good story. Lovely atmosphere. Draws you in. Well written. Good characterisation. Excellent narration. Good pace to the story. Good on detail but no irrelevancies.
Loved him. Excellent
Mystery in the Shetlands
Amongst the favourites to be listened to again at a later date.
Jimmy Perez because he can be objective and observant.
The right accent and tone for the story, excellent narration.
It kept me interested in the story, did not make me emotional.
An excellent story with brilliant narration. Hurry up with the next in the series please.
I enjoyed the story very much, it's very atmospheric, set in the Scottish islands amidst the fog. The narrator is brilliant and very good at changing from the Scottish accent to the English. He also made it easy to distinguish the characters by the different voices.
I think this is overall, a very good book and I will enjoy listening to it again in the future.
"Transports the listerner to Shetland."
Well written, great, well drawn characters and full of atmosphere. I had a real sense of Shetland throughout. Narration was excellent too.
I'm not sure I would reccomend it. The story is probably a good one, but the narrator's voice, especially when taking on the female roles, sounds a little "pantomime dame"
Only the ones that I've previously returned.
Really disappointed in this book. It is really slow, but I'm not sure if this is the story or the narrator. I'm struggling to keep at it, as I do have others to listen to. I will however, try to stick with it, although it has put me off both the author and the narrator.
"A ghostly murder ..."
Caroline and Lowrie, together with college friends, Eleanor and her husband Ian, Polly and her boyfriend Marcus, return to Lowrie’s hometown (Unst in the Shetland Isles) to attend their "hameferin', a Scottish wedding celebration. After the party, Eleanor disappears into ‘thin air’ and the following morning her body is found, neatly laid out on the beach.
Before her death Eleanor had claimed to have seen the eerie ghost of Peerie Lizzie, a young girl who had died on the shore in the 1920s, and there are indications that the deaths are linked. How can this be?
Willow Reeves, Jimmy Perez and Sandy Wilson are called in to head up the investigation.
There are lots of twists and turns to the story, but the clues are all there if only I could have solved them!
I made the mistake of picking up and reading this book before realising that it is Book 6 of the series, and now I just want to get Books 1-5 and read them in order! That said, this did not spoil my enjoyment of the book as there is enough background to realise that the main character, Detective Perez, is still recovering from the loss of his wife, struggling to make a new life for himself and his stepdaughter and that there is a very caring human side to his character. I am so looking forward to reading the other books in the Shetland series.
"Wasn't gripped by this"
I gave up as I found I wasn't interested in the characters or the plot
Very good storey has you guessing all the way through, ready for the next storey
"Good in parts."
I almost did not get past the first part of this book. I really did not like the way the author introduced each character into the story with descriptive passages covering their every aspect, - past and present history , appearance, character. I prefer my characters to develop and to discover them for miself through the writing.
Once through this the story worked well, a good yarn with very good narration. I really enjoyed this bit (4 star).
And so to the ending, phew. . . . Off we go again . . . Here the author thought it necessary to carefully explain the entire plot in great detail rather like the end of an Agatha Christie. I don't like this, if a novel is well constructed the reader should be able to work this out for themselves with maybe just a few crossed ts and dotted i's.
Good storytelling but methinks that Ms Cleeves needs to show a little more confidence in the ability of her readers to work things out for themselves. Move development of character and plot with the body of the text. please.
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